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what michael dukakis has to say about the idea of being a u.s. senator once john kerry becomes officially the next secretary of state. being a little bit coy. could he run? here comes the new. >>> good morning from washington. it is wednesday, december 19th, 2012. this is the. i'm chuck todd. >>> today could be the day the two sides come together for a big deficit reduction deal or we could be 24 hours from it totally falling apart. that seems like telling you everything and nothing at the same time. but there's something to this. follow me here. the president and speaker boehner have really never been closer to a deal. they both made major concessions over the last i'd say 72 hours. the nation still mourning the tragedy in connecticut. both sides have admitted that the tone of the talks have changed. >> an event like that, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more stress. >>> the biggest concession from the speaker has been backing off his pledge not to raise
is going to continue to be an outstanding u.s. ambassador to the united nations. i hadn't made a decision about who would be my next secretary of state. there's no doubt that susan was qualified. there are other people who are qualified as well. >> the white house has made it clear that other people means john kerry. there were two the people on the list, two minus one is one. kerry who has been very quiet through this process, released a statement calling rice a, quote, dedicated public servant, saying i have defended her publicly and i wouldn't hesitate to do that because i know her service and i know her commitment then he ducked reporters last night. >> i'm going to continue to do my work. >> but elsewhere on the hill, democrats were not exactly avoiding confrontation. the majority leader harry reid said this in a statement, quote, the politically motivated attacks on her character by some of my republican colleagues were shameful. their behavior was a disgrace to bipartisan -- otherwise distinguished records on national security. of course harry reid was a pretty vocal critical of ge
, if we in fact see a hit to the economy, see a hit to market confidence, see a decline in the u.s. reputation around the world. >> right. >> how is that pain absorbed within the body politic and how does that force a solution? republicans are on the short side of this argument. the question is whether the house republican party is responsive to that pick. >> and more so now. i mean, i always said john boehner didn't have a lot of bargaining power before. he has none. he has basically acknowledged he has none by saying okay. it's up to harry reid and president obama. mitch mcconnell. because there is nothing left for me to do here. i want to read something in "the wall street journal" op-ed about who is to blame in this. here is what they said. to put this in raw political terms mr. boehner offered a break, offered to break a core gop principle on taxes and mr. obama offered him nothing he could take back to his rank and file in return. instead he has treated the talks as an extension of the election campaign traveling around the country at rally style events at which he berates re
could see a repeat of the possible down great of the u.s. createit rating? >> i'm concerned about it. we reached the debt limit, but tricks we can play to keep the government operating. that looks like no more than 60 days. it's an arbitrary and useless statute. denmark i think is the only other country that has something like that. this would be gamesmanship of the most dangerous kind. i hope nobody is going to play that game. i know the president said he is not going to play that game. if the republicans think they use that as leverage, they do that at their own risk. >> congressman, good luck to the cardinals. take care. >> thank you, luke. >> we are keeping our eye on how the stalemate is playing on wall street and president george hw bush is now in intensive care. the latest on his condition next. first, which current senator spent the most people in the house of representatives before entering the senate? tweet us and the first correct answer will get a follow thursday for us. more on that. we will give you a hint. it's not chuck schumer. [ male announcer ] you like who you are...
became the oldest person ever to serve in the u.s. house. paul beats the record set by north carolina rep who died in office in 1930 at the age of 89 years, seven months and 25 days. he gets his birthday on the house floor by speaker boehner because he has been there for so long. a neat thing to have. with the release of the movie lincoln, the guy on the $5 bill is all the rage, but we are going back a few years before lincoln for a look at one of america's found being fathers. the guy on the $2 bill that you don't see very much. we spoke about the third president, the original virginia wahoo. >> a look at the life of founding father thomas jefferson shows his towering political achievements may not have been possible without his ability to read the tea leaves. he understood a timeless truth that politics is slide scopic and constantly shifting and the morning's foe may well be the afternoon's friend. all seems well and good, but that's from the book thomas jefferson, the art of power. joining me now is the author of that book, john meachem. hello to you. >> thank you, mr. todd. pa. >> th
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